Portland Men’s Roller Derby is an organization providing opportunities for personal growth and development of athletes in our community. By teaching the exciting sport of Roller Derby we strive to encourage teamwork, confidence, sportsmanship and fun.
We teach and develop skating skills, game strategy, teamwork and sportsmanship in a competitive league structure.
All members of PMRD (skaters, coaches, and volunteers) are required to abide by the the code of conduct.
Below you will find important contact information that will help you stay up to date and in touch!
Please let us know if you’re going to be absent. To report an absence, email email@example.com. Planned absences should be reported at least two weeks before the absence. Illness should be reported before practice begins. Absences posted on the forum, texted to coaches, or sent via word of mouth will not be counted as excused. The ONLY TWO ways to have an absence excused is report it to firstname.lastname@example.org or to call the PMRD voicemail at 503-512-0005.
Before a skater can participate in practice, scrimmage, or bout they must meet the following requirements:
Attendance at practice and bouts is expected. Roller derby is first and foremost a team sport, and no single player--no matter how good he or she is--wins a bout alone. Teams count on their players to attend practices regularly in order to improve their individual skills and their team skill level.
In order to be eligible to play in a bout, skaters must attend 50% of the practices during the month preceding the bout, and 100% of scheduled practices the week of the bout.
Attendance is taken by the coaches as the skaters warm up and then stored in our database. Members will be given credit for their attendance if they are on the track when practice starts. Members that are late (more than 15 minutes after practice has started), will only be given half credit for that practice.
Absences will only be counted if they are emailed to email@example.com or called in to our board phone number at 503-512-0005. The coaches will not accept this information during practice.
Skaters will only be considered “bout-ready” when they meet all of the following criteria:
We realize that purchasing quality roller derby equipment is an investment, but it is very important for the skater's safety. We discourage members from purchasing skates from discount stores or second-hand unless the skates are of a high quality and carefully inspected.
We encourage our new members to visit Beki Safar at the Oaks Park Skate Shop (located inside Oaks Park Skate Rink) for information on skates and equipment. Beki is highly knowledgeable about the equipment necessary and is an excellent resource for all things related to skates and skate maintenance. All Portland Men’s Roller Derby members receive a 10% discount on skates and derby packages at Oaks Park Skate Shop.
Other equipment is also available for protection that, while not required, should certainly be considered:
When a skater has been with Portland Men’s Roller Derby for 1 month and has maintained at least 50% attendance rate, they will be invited to apply for their official derby name. Derby names are a special part of roller derby culture and become a large part of your derby identity. Potential names should be checked at www.twoevils.org/rollergirls. This master roster is a record of skater names, numbers, league names, team names, and team themes for all skaters, regardless of track type or WFTDA affiliation. It is put together on a volunteer basis to ensure that all roller derby players feel rewarded for their creativity by maintaining exclusiveness for their names.
At the top of the screen you will find a search box. Names with a "very high" or “high” level of similarity may be rejected. Once the skater has one or more possible names that do not come back with high or very high similarity, they can submit them to Carpe Demon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will submit the name to the master list via the proper channels.
Derby numbers are also chosen by the skater. Derby numbers may include alphanumeric characters. It also cannot be a number that is in use by any other skater on Portland Men’s Roller Derby.
Any member of PMRD with a complaint or grievance should submit their grievance in writing to the board. All parties involved in a grievance (including the accused) will receive a copy of the grievance. All grievances will be considered confidential and any member who disseminates a copy will be subject to disciplinary action. Grievances will be investigated by the board and a report will be included in the minutes of a board meeting. The outcome of the report may include disciplinary action. Disciplinary action requires a ⅔ majority vote by the board. Members of the board involved in a grievance will recuse themselves from the investigation.
Disciplinary action will be determined by the board. Disciplinary action will include (but is not limited to) the following actions: verbal warning, written warning, probation/suspension, or or expulsion. In the event of an expulsion, monthly dues shall not be refunded. The level of disciplinary action shall be determined by the severity of the offense.
Term of Office
All board member positions are for one calendar year. New board members will be announced at the January team meeting. Voting will be secret and online and include all team members.
Members of the Board
Duties of the President
The President serves as the official contact person for PMRD. The President shall call and preside over team meetings. If the team is a member of a governing organization (MDC, etc.) then the President shall be the team representative.
Duties of the Vice-President
The Vice-President will perform the duties of the President in their absence. The Vice-President is responsible for the agenda of Board and Team meetings. The Vice-President is responsible for maintaining the PMRD calendar. The Vice-President may be given other specific responsibilities as directed by the Board.
Duties of the Treasurer
The Treasurer will receive and keep custody of all team funds; shall deposit them in a bank approved by the Board of Directors; shall disburse such funds as authorized by PMRD; and shall keep accurate books at all times. The Treasurer shall keep record of membership fees and shall alert the Board of Directors of all delinquent accounts and the status of new and inactive members. In coordination with the Secretary, the Treasurer shall file year-end tax information with all the appropriate agencies if required. The Treasurer is empowered to sign documents obligating the League to financial and service commitments with the approval of the Board of Directors.
Duties of the Secretary
The Secretary shall keep accurate and complete records of the League's business, which shall include the minutes of all team meetings, special meetings, and Board of Directors meetings.
Duties of the Committee Heads
Periodically, the Board of Directors may deem it necessary to appoint a skater as the head of a committee. The skater must agree to volunteer for this position. The duties of a committee head will be determined by the Board.
Board of Directors Meetings
The Board of Directors shall call meetings to discuss team business. These meetings will be organized by the Board. Agenda for the board meetings will be posted and recorded on the forum.
Should the Board of Directors deem it necessary to take a vote on a particular subject, each Board member shall receive one vote.
Any changes to the policies of PMRD will require a ⅔ majority vote of the team at a team meeting. Potential amendments to the skater handbook and PMRD rules must be submitted to the board. The board will add any potential amendments to the agenda for the next scheduled team meeting. If a skater is unable to attend a team meeting, they may vote by proxy through a member of the Board of Directors. Votes cast in this manner must be recorded as “vote cast by X for Y” in the meeting minutes.
This is a living document, and as such it will be updated periodically. Please make sure you have the most recent version.
Version 1.02 (25 Jan 2011)